When a family member or friend hurts us by something they may say or do we can find it difficult to forgive them. When someone hurts us constantly we can eventually give up and reject any further requests for forgiveness. Thankfully that is not how God works in our lives. His mercy and compassion are unending. No matter how often we seek his forgiveness he is ready to forgive and welcomes us with open arms. However, we should never take it for granted. If we have experienced God’s mercy and forgiveness in our lives, then we are duty bound to pass on or share that mercy and compassion we those who have hurt us. Each time we pray the Our Father we ask the Lord to ‘forgive us our trespasses’, our wrongs, and we promise to also forgive those who have ‘trespassed’ or done wrong against us. So we publicly declare our need to be forgiven and to forgive.
In today’s gospel Jesus gives three examples of things that are lost, the sheep, the coin, the son and he tells of the joy of all those who find what they are looking for. Their joy, he tells those listening, is tiny by comparison to the Joy that God has when we repent and turn back towards him.
We pray that we may never be afraid to turn to the Lord and seek his forgiveness at all times.